Joleon Lescott could be set to end his four year stay at Man City after revealing his frustration at “not being given a fair opportunity” to prove himself under the Manuel Pellegrini regime, according to The
The 31-year-old has even admitted that he would consider a transfer in the January transfer window, citing his belief that he is receiving different treatment from other members of the Man City squad.
Lescott’s contract expires at the end of the season and as a result could leave the club for free in the summer – something of a loss for Man City, considering they paid Everton in the region of £22m for the England defender.
Lescott has managed only four appearances for the Citizens this season, his most recent performance coming midweek due to the lack of fitness of Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic – two of the three center backs considered ahead of Lescott in the City pecking order.
He also lost his place in the England squad this season – a disastrous result considering the impending World Cup in Brazil in the summer. The former Everton defender insists that he wants to be given the chance to prove his worth – if not to City then to any potential suitors in January.
He said: “I need to be given a fair opportunity. I know no one can guarantee me playing every week but I would like to think that given a fair opportunity to play, if I am playing in the team I can do well enough to stay in the team.
“If you start to doubt yourself it will affect you so I try not to doubt myself and believe I can perform. When the opportunities come you have to grab them and if it means playing the next few games when Matija is out and Vinny is not ready, then great for me. Hopefully once again I can prove to the club, and if it is not here somewhere else, that I am worthy of a new contract.”
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